Chapter 11 – We can run before he returns with the rusty cauldron

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Leerum stopped to think for a second before he was knocked on the head by an Ellen who giggled as she said “Idiot why are you thinking so long, of course there are. There’s a sign up ahead that even says projectile weapons, follow your big sister sweetie!”

Kimarya was starting to really like Ellen, she learned that Ellen is a fierce fighter that rushes in your face with a straightforward attitude and who cherishes friendship. Kimarya also learned that her Ancestral Guardian Spirit was the deadly nightmare panther, a great choice that had a very powerful constitution as well as one of the better growth potentials on this day.

As Ellen lead the way they arrived at the projectile weapon section after a few minutes of walking where Kimarya saw many weapons like composite bows, short bows, long bows, crossbows, dart blower, and throwing knives.

Kimarya was imagining crossbow so she browsed through that area till she saw an interesting one, that Ellen also noticed and said “That looks pretty strong, says here that it’s called Sinful Tundra, a repeating crossbow.

Kimarya walked closer to the crossbow, noticing it was mostly black and some brown with a rectangular on the top for the bolts. There were ancient looking blue runes on the underside of the bow.

Kimarya decided at once that she had to have this crossbow, she even felt a sort of resonance with it. She placed one paper over the bow and after a flash of grey light the crossbow was free from its invisible constraints where Kimarya was finally able to hold it in her hands. She felt a strange power flowing inside of the bow as she held it before putting it away into her bag of holding.

Leerum was farther back looking at a Bow this whole time, but he also paid enough attention to notice that Ellen and I looked at him. He said, “This is called Freezing Bow of the Wolves, and it also has two elements: Ice and Wind!” After Leerum said that Ellen was about to say something, but he quickly put his paper onto the bow releasing it and putting it away. Ellen shakes her head before looking back at Kimarya where she said” Guess it’s my turn, I’d follow the trend and get a bow, but I’d never use it, plus I have bad accuracy.” She gave a mischievous smile before saying “I like being up close and personal.” before she led the way again, till they saw short swords, long swords, scimitars, maces, bludgeons, and mauls.

Ellen stopped and reached toward a large half wooden half metal bludgeon before muttering “This is perfect!”. Kimarya thought she could even see stars in her eyes, she could only chuckle and walk closer and to clearly see its name.

It was called Haughty Thunder Bludgeon of the Tigress!

A weapon of two elements being metal and electricity, it had incredible hardness and weight from the metal elemental aspect and extreme speed of electricity. No wonder Ellen was so excited, it was an incredible and oppressive combination for combat that rightfully earned the tigress in its name.

Ellen quickly put her paper slip to the top of the it to release and claim ownership of this incredible weapon.

Kimarya felt there was already a good connection within their small group, so she felt it was her turn to get a second weapon or item. Apparently, it was something everyone else implicitly understood by the expectant looks both Ellen and Leerum had when looking at her. So Kimarya asked “Is there a miscellaneous section we can choose from? I sort of feel I could choose a non-combat item, maybe later I could get a shielding item as well.”

Leerum and Ellen both had an odd reaction before Leerum responded, “I’ve been here before, there are some useful items for Crafters and Alchemists as well as random kinds of items used to build complex formations.”

Kimarya was intrigued by the notion she inferred from formation that Leerum mentioned before asking in her head “Sunny, what formations is he referring to?”

As Leerum led the way, Sunny answered: “By formations, he is referring to profound formations built using the powers of the profound ways or cultivation and are powered by the energy within energy jades. These formations can do things like shielding the sect for as long as they have energy jades. They protect from unauthorized access, attacks, and natural calamities. Usually entire cities, sects, towns, monasteries, and homes.

As they walked through they saw an elder carrying a large, old and rusty cauldron that for some odd reason caught her attention. Her eyes made contact with the Elder’s eyes who then stopped and asked “Yes? Can I help you with something little sister?”

Kimarya drew on some confidence and said, “That Cauldron, could I perhaps get it?”.

The elder blinked at the surprising question before responding “This is a vey old cauldron that no longer works, so it’s going to be stored in the back to be used for later as scraps. Although it is very old it was created with excellent material that we could reuse to make new items.”

She responded, “I want it please, can I trade it for this paper that I received?” Leerum and Ellen were both shocked and implored her to not do that, there are cauldrons of much higher quality up ahead and on not wasting this opportunity on trash. The elder was shocked and also told her to reconsider.

Kimarya started to hesitate after seeing everyone’s reactions but when she looked back at the cauldron the feeling she initially had only grew even stronger.

Sasquatch suddenly said, “You wouldn’t be making a mistake to get that old item, this great one feels its not as simple as it appears.”

Kimarya made her decision and said more firmly “I need this cauldron, please allow me to take it.”.
The Elder shook their head as if to say no as he thought on how precious the metal was but seeing how determined Kimarya was and the slip of paper he decided to concede.

“Very well, but so you don’t feel that this old uncle is not cheating you out of your paper slip, you can have the rest of the discarded and faulty items of this year. I’ll be right back, please be patient.”

After twenty or so minutes of being questioned by Ellen and Leerum as well as being told by the daring Ellen, “That we could run before the elder returns with the rusty cauldron.” Leerum quickly covered her mouth saying, “Don’t be rude Ellen!”.

A minute later they heard the footsteps of the elder who had a ring of holding in his hand. Kimarya walked over with the paper slip and put it in the elder’s hand who also handed the ring to her.

Kimarya accepted the ring even though she has yet to cultivate to be able to check and thought it would be too rude to have Leerum check infront of the Elder.

Kimarya thanked the Elder before turning to leave but was stopped by the Elder. “Everyone has less than 10 minutes to finish choosing items, I’m sorry for my delay taking 20 of your minutes, but I suggest hurrying up. There is a very special announcement coming so the time limit will be enforced.”

Kimarya said, “Sorry, I took up so much of your time Leerum and Ellen, I think the best thing to do is split up so we have enough time to make such an important decision…”

Ellen was about to retort but was interrupted by Leerum, “She’s right Ellen, we can meet up later, but we really don’t have enough time. I’ll take my leave first and see you guys outside in 10 minutes.”

Leerum quickly left while Ellen hesitated for a moment before heading off into a different direction.

Kimarya turned to the Elder before describing a certain weapon she had in mind hoping something similar exists in the storage. The Elder smiled and nodded before leading the way.

Kimarya and the Elder after 5 minutes of walking reached their destination and Kimarya smiled and said, “This is better than I hoped!”.

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SSETC: Creation from disaster

“CARTUCHO, it’s working I’ve finally done it we will go back in time so we can…”

BOOOM!

Hangry saw that the device started falling apart and exploding. He screamed and jumped on top of his best friend, his dog, Cartucho as if his body shielding his dear dog can shield him from the disaster of the time machine exploding.

There was no light from the origin of the explosion, but the noise was there and kept repeating as if the explosion had a permanent echo. The explosion was unlike the usual ones, it grew slowly, without light, just an expanding rainbow bubble that made his senses scream danger!

He was on top of his old dog, who was mostly deaf was startled by his owner suddenly landing on top of him, but Cartucho only felt happiness and wagged his tail happily, he could not see very much, and he could barely hear, but if he was with his tall brother he was happy, maybe could be better if he had peanut butter and tall brother softly scratching my back, but I’m still happy that tall brother wishes to play.

How could Hangry not realize this? But this was better, at least he won’t go in fear. Hangry smiled as the explosion started ripping at the structure of the cells of his body as he was consumed by the bizarre explosion that strangely didn’t hurt.

He held on closer to Cartucho kissing his goofy face that he always couldn’t help but smile at, “I love you, little buddy, we’re going to heaven now…”

Cartucho felt tall brother grow tense then slack as if he fell asleep and barked at him amused and happy before he too was consumed.

Silence.

Time has no form, it’s like that blurry moment of consciousness you don’t pay attention to once you fall into a deep state when daydreaming and time passes by.

That’s how the time stream is.

There is no concept of time when in the time stream and if that sounds stupid then you clearly have never been there. That last emotional bark from Cartucho was as if a bubble that was unaffected by the temporal explosion. Like an egg it floated there, nourished by the energies of the universe feeding it and letting something truly unique across the cosmos to grow.

It had no consciousness, it was just a bubble of emotion, an imprint of a beloved dog named Cartucho, it floated there for eternity yet also for a single second as it grew into a prismatic blob, that grew four legs and in the shape of a small dog.

This dog, opened its eyes, just a blank slate that was comfortable and in a positive bliss as if born from an imprint of the purest and most positive emotions of a lovely creature, which was exactly what happened.

Timestreams are without time, maybe a million years passed or merely just the amount of time it takes for the sound from the snapping of your fingers to reach your ears. But the little dog felt that something was missing, and its existence of bliss wasn’t as complete as before, but it didn’t have the awareness to question or search for whatever that may be missing.

But an existence noticed the little prismatic dog, it was a stoic extraterrestrial as if without any emotions, a traveler who bent space to get to their destination that could stride through millennia and universes in one stride, this existence stopped mid-stride and looked at the little dog.

It noticed it was stuck and needing something to be complete, merely out of a whim it decided to help this little creation of time, it peered back to see what creating this creature and saw the young species it once saved from the brink finally made some achievements in technology. It peered into the human’s eyes and saw civilizations rising and falling across 100,000 years.

It said out loud in perfect English “The history of your people and masses is written in the air you breathe, from the air you breathe and into your DNA, from your eyes I see it all, little ones.”

It peered back at the little prismatic dog before saying “From here on, you will be called Art, go on littlest one, follow this beacon and do what you must do.”

It raised its hand, as big as a universe yet smaller than the smallest particle of matter, the little prismatic dog named art snuggly fit into that hand. As it was held the existence reached with its other hand and plucked a blue star from the cosmos holding it between its fingers as if it was a little pebble and gently guided it to the forehead of little Art where it stuck to its forehead and turned into a blurry blue gem.

It gently whispered “Go.”.

Art blinked, its mind and consciousness expanded, it looked up at the existence with a stoic face before wagging its tail and stepping off its hand and following the beacon pointing out from its forehead and into space and disappearing into the cosmos.

The existence gave a cheesy smile and said “Your Majesty, hope you are satisfied.”

It’s unknown who it said that to.

Art flew through the timestream flying into the body of a pregnant wolf 2.3 million years before the time machine incident. She gave birth to 7 puppies, Art was born as the smallest and frailest one of the litter. The wolf pack was a largely successful one, so the mother never considered pushing him aside to starve due to him being a runt.

Weeks went by all the other wolf cubs grew big and strong except for two that just died without much indication being that they were stronger than Art.

One day as a young wolf, Art smelled a unique scent, one its nose has never smelled, but one its soul once did… humans. It ran in search but stumbled down a cliff accidentally and broke both its hind legs, a sure death for any wild creature.

I looked up and saw my Hangry.

Chapter 10 – Ellen Vanderhorst

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The elders around Leerum and the Vertuold Augury stone all nodded their heads and gave praise to this youngster, especially considering he was not a child of noble birth. Very few have been able to defeat a young Murder Crow and the growth potential of this member of the younger generation could be said to be unmatched.

Leerum smiled and bowed to the Elders before walking off the stage, something that made several of them nod in approval, while Shamaner only smiled in an unreadable way.

After Leerum a few others went up with different talent ranging in 3-5 stars only 2 others having five stars and amazing Ancestral Guardian Spirits. Last up was another well-known member of the younger generation, Zeal SwordTooth, who had 6 stars of talent and the dreadful Winged Vampire Kangaroo variant that was just as shocking as Leerum’s and Alastair’s results.

The testing ended as a high elder walked up and told all the participants to get their share of resources based on their results at the auxiliary treasury and that Shamaner has made his decision and will contact those he has picked.

Kimarya followed the crowd to the auxiliary treasury before being approached by a quiet and awkward Leerum. He started saying “Hey…” before Kimarya smiled while narrowing her eyes and said “Relax, it wasn’t a very kind strategy, but still smart and hardly negative for me, the less attention I get the better. Just don’t let it become a habit or I’ll consider it an offense against my well being..”

Leerum involuntarily gulped at her threat, he wasn’t sure why someone who has yet to cultivate could be so intimidating. He nodded his head in agreement and started talking to Kimarya. “Right now we’re going to pick up some resources, which is 300 exemplary grade energy Jades and 20 blessed grade energy jades! We can also choose two exemplary items!”

Kimarya muttered in her head “Sunny?”

**Sunny** Based on the information we have, there are 7 levels to energy Jades, which are basically the currency of this world that also contain massive amounts of natural energy that is also used as power sources.

The seven energy jade grades or levels are:

Exemplary Grade
Blessed Grade
Sacred Grade
Holy Grade
Celestial Grade
Divine Grade
Immortal Grade
Energy Jades are naturally occurring manifestations of stones containing dense amounts of nature energies, typically found deep underground or special areas with high concentration of energy.

Kimarya smiled and internally thanked Sunny, who she felt gave a smug smile in the direction of Sasquatch who immediately started to grumble and bicker with Sunny as Kimarya tuned them out and paid attention to Leerum who was moving her through the small crowd of other kids who just took the test.

Kimarya was excited as well to see what kind of items the treasury would have and if they would help her initiation in cultivation so she let herself be led by Leerum.
When they got there they could see that everyone was there, most of the attention was focused around Alastair and Zeal. While the attention of the crowd was soon split in half when Leerum and Kimarya arrived.

Alastair only gave an arrogant smile at Leerum, as if to mock a commoner that dares try to climb up on a pedestal that I was born to reign on. Zeal gave quick glances at Leerum and Kimarya before ignoring them and even Alastair.

Alastair seemed to be the crowds favorite, as he wasn’t cold to those that approached to fawn over him unlike Zeal, but also from a prestigious and noble family called the Salpan. Zeal was from a very ancient a powerful family line known as the SwordTooth clan, so even with his cold arrogance that puts no one in his sights, many people still crowd around him although a greater distance than those around Alastair.

Some of the other kids there went over to say hello to Leerum and establish good ties with him, he came from an ancient but vastly deteriorating family and no longer had qualifications for their younger generation to qualify as chosen for several generations.

Leerum was much more humble than Zeal and more approachable than Alastair, so he got along well with several. Kimarya was approached herself by one or two people, one girl named Ellen Vanderhorst approached Kimarya.

She seemed to be around 13 years old like everyone, she had long hair that went past her shoulders, she wore several gemstones, and gave the impression of a comfortable yet quirky and cheerful person.

As they arrived to the treasury Kimarya was genuinely excited to choose the objects in the treasury. As they walked in one by one they were handed a choice of small spatial bag or ring with ingredients and other special items. Alistair peered into his bag before he gave his to a lackey smugly saying it’s not something that can reach his needs. Zeal didn’t even glance at or accept the spatial bag offered to him as if nothing offered would be at his level of consideration.

Soon it was Kimarya’s turn and considering she already had the spatial bag Leerum gave to her she decided to receive a ring instead of another bag and slipped it onto her left pointer finger. After everyone else received either a bag or ring they met an elder who managed the treasury who handed each three slips of papers who explained that they are necessary for them to be able to remove weapons and or items from a rack. They explained that everyone must place the paper on the item to be able to remove it and that it only worked for items in the first four floors.

As everyone split off in a few groups, a large one centered around Alistair headed in one direction and another group of three, two girls and one boy made their way into a side row, naturally Kimarya was one of the girls, the other Ellen and the boy being Leerum who cheerfully chatted with Ellen.

It seemed the two knew grew up as good friends, luckily Leerum didn’t allow Kimarya to be excluded from their conversation as he pointed out weapons excitedly and their properties. It seemed like Leerum was a weapons fanatic and Ellen as well. Kimarya saw that the floors of the treasury were truly massive to the point that they never bumped into more people choosing items as they browsed through.

Leerum looked over and asked Kimarya “what kind of weapons are you thinking about choosing?”

Kimarya stopped to think, I’ve never held a weapon in my life besides a stun gun or lazer tag.

Kimarya responded to Leerum asking, “are there any of those that fire projectiles..like a bow or crossbow?”.

Leerum stopped to think for a second before he was knocked on the head by an Ellen who giggled as she said “Idiot why are you thinking so long, of course, there are, sign up ahead even says projectile weapons, follow your big sister sweetie!”

Kimarya was starting to really like Ellen, she learned that Ellen is a fierce fighter that rushes in your face with a straightforward attitude who cherishes friendship, kimarya also learned that her Ancestral Guardian Spirit was the deadly nightmare panther a great choice that had a very powerful constitution as well as one of the better growth potentials on this day.

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Chapter 9 – Leerums plot

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At first, there was silence, some of the crowd even started to grow excited till they realized that the elders weren’t smiling and understood why, her Ancestral Guardian Spirit was a Demonic Ape, this meant that nearly all chances of future success were nearly zero. Her future growth was severed, as if cultivation didn’t have walls and points of extreme difficulty, added with the calamity of Growth barriers that Demonic Apes had, this could only be the cruelest joke ever. Some of the not so smart ones finally realized the weird atmosphere where they originally expected clapping and a huge deal.

Some elders sadly shook their heads, how could this happen, such a demonic level of aptitude just for it to be wasted because of an erroneous choice in an Ancestral Spirit Guardian. It could be worked around even if it was a speed-based creature, even a flying bug would have been better cause even with extremely expensive methods they had higher chances of mutation and atavism than Demonic Apes who seemed to have been cursed by the old heavens. Because even if your additional Ancestral Guardian Spirit has a higher growth potential than the Demonic Ape, its as if accepting the curse of the heavens and all extra guardian spirits are cursed with its limit although they are automatically grade five spirit beast, from the weakest animals.

It gives great and immediate power, as well as a very useful tool, but only if you accept that you won’t ever grow past a certain point.

Shamaner’s eyes had a barely perceptible glint in his eyes as he watched all of this happen and as Kimarya was awkwardly yet with confidence that shouldn’t match the atmosphere as she was stepping down from the platform.

As Kimarya was stepping down Leerum who was closely watching her the whole time and found her reaction odd, analyzed that his attempt right now to take advantage of her choice in spirit animal was didn’t feel very good, usually he only cared about matters having to do with him and his family, but he felt a bad taste in his mouth having done this.

He had no negative feelings towards her, but many positive ones especially considering everything they went through but he needed to take advantage of this situation that he knew would have happen any way albeit never imagined her talent would be so absurd.

He already found her extremely intimidating and that’s without mentioning her unmatched latent talent, but he mostly felt sad as if she were a friend.

He shook his head and stepped onto the platform looked at all the elders before placing his hand on the deep green Vertuold Augury stone and felt the pull of the stone.

Kimarya watched Leerum while she hid a smirk that tried to rise to her face, how could she not have imagined that the person that would immediately go up after her disappointing display would be the sly Leerum. She expected to feel more upset but found it more amusing and not as bad if it were someone else.

Suddenly the stone started shining and a piercing cry rang out where the most cowardly jumped and all the elders furrowed their brows looking around for a second till they rested on the manifestations rising around Leerum. After that they heard mad laughter followed by deep yipping.

A vicious beak rose out of the black gas and enormous wings spread open and piercing blue eyes blinked into existence and stared into the skies, but everyone felt as if it was seeing through everyone. Underneath the murder crow a vicious hyena stood very still as if subdued by the Murder Crow that seemed to overwhelm the senses of all the younger people present.

Everyone gasped, even a few of the elders, everything was quiet for a second till some started to talk and speak of how amazing that Leerum managed to get a Murder Crow and a Bestial Hyena!!! Though everyone focused more on the fact that he managed to get the Murder Crow

After the reveal stars started forming above Leerum, the part that mattered almost as much as the Ancestral Guardian Spirit.

One star then a second and third star formed. It didn’t stop there, it went to 5 stars and a sixth slowly formed to the gasps of the crowd. Alastair standing in the front of the crowd who has been ignored furrowed his brows and a venomous glint appeared in his eyes,

The elders around Leerum and the Vertuold Augury stone all nodded their heads and gave praise to this youngster, especially considering he was not a child of noble birth. Very few have been able to defeat a young Murder Crow and the growth potential of this member of the younger generation could be said to be unmatched.

Leerum smiled and bowed to the Elders before walking off the stage, something that made several of them nod in approval, while Shamaner only smiled in an unreadable way.

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Chapter 8 – Vertuold Augury stone results

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More and more of them went by till the sixth chosen had a winged three-eyed tiger which drew the most amount of attention till it was shadowed by an amazing 6 stars of a true genius! a few of the elders conversed nodding their heads in excitement and clear approval. Kimarya heard kids around her talking saying “Alastair, he actually has such amazing latent talent in combination with that dreadful three-eyed winged tiger. He will surely be a pillar of the village and clan!”

Kimarya decided to go after him so she wouldn’t bring up that much attention, she walked forward and noticed that everyone had a strange reaction to her, but she just ignored it and walked forward till she was in front of the stone with the elders nearby. She looked up at the elder named Shamaner who looked back with a light smile and nodded for her to put her hand on the stone.

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I was a tree, just a normal tree till nearly burned to death till I heard the thrumming of a heavenly Dao.  It was a sermon of the stars, talking of a magnificent and extraordinary Dao.

It was a little round stone that fell from the sky, that landed in my trunk, I only felt burning pain, and I would have been burned to ashes and embers were it not for the fierce and horrifying storm that kept that fire from growing uncontrollably, but it still burned me down to a mere stump, but as a tree kin my tenacity is strong, even from a not very thick branch I could still have hope for rebirth.

That object was still inside of my trunk. After escaping that calamity of death and almost passing on I heard this whispering, it was the whispering of the stars, it told of a sermon, an indescribable humming that made me grow strongly, it also vibrated so strongly that it was even breaking the wood crawling up around it thoroughly making it harder to cover it, but the sermon made my life force burst out of all limitations I had as a simple mango tree.

 

Being a tree there is always a short level of awareness of our environment, time flows differently for those of the tree kin, the only thing that mattered before was the connection to the others, the connection always let us know of the dangers any of us face, whether a stronger strain of termites pop up, or sky fire strikes one of us with more rings in their trunk.

It all just started with my asking of questions rather than always hearing and or telling short info of my health, I asked “Who am I?” The sermons and the stone were firmly gripped in my mind as well as body. As the years passed and I grew more and more, it made it so my roots had a barely discernible vibration and making it so driving deeper into the earth was much easier, rather than always going around stones I wanted them out of my way and so I pushed them out of my way. My bark grew strong and very dense, my thoughts came faster.

I stopped asking who I was, started listening, I stopped talking about me and just saw with all of my senses, and unlike before I remembered everything even after a long while. I suddenly always surprised myself when I had new knowledge of things. This made it better for listening to other things because I could comprehend, I listened to the winds and said “Hello! I listened to the rain and asked “How are you?” I noticed the creatures living on and around my bark enjoying my fruits and told them, “I’m here!”.

I followed the water landing on my leaves and down my branches and trunk as it made its way flowing down into the ground following my roots before leaving me and melting deep into the earth that holds me, I told it “Thank you.”

 

I became more aware as this Dao told me of all things in the world, of humans, both mortal ones, and cultivators. It said I could become one, but at that moment I didn’t yet have an answer till I saw my first human, they noticed my fruits on the floor but climbed up and plucked several before going back down and leaving.

 

With time, I was just happy and content, always watching the humans who passed by increasingly often around me, as well as always listening to the teachings of the Dao, soon new kinds of humans came, the teachings told me they were cultivators, they were capable of climbing or even jumping up to my highest branches with such ease to pick some of my fruits. I came to learn that these were the famed cultivators that I learned about who delved into the profundities of the natural and unnatural world.

 

This went on for a while till one day one of the cultivators decided to sit down and cultivate under my leaves and was alarmed as they realized comprehension of natural laws was drastically much easier and they stayed there meditating for days till weird manifestations occurred around them. She had long hair and small frame and wore these robes, her hair and robes fluttered yet there was no wind flowing. After the manifestations stopped, they rose and left. After some time, they came back with two more cultivators and surprisingly didn’t go for my fruits but just sat under my leaves and just meditated, the two new arrivals almost immediately after closing their eyes found it incredibly easy to go into a profound state where all of their previous shortcomings and questions were easier to solve.

They stayed there for days and left, but every once in a while they would came back to cultivate under my leaves and I soon grew accustomed to this. Other times they searched around the area talking of treasure but after a while found nothing but realized the area of effect was around me and continued with their new routine of meditating under my leaves.

One day the first cultivator came back, she was with this older person with a powerful and intimidating aura, as if a sword in a scabbard who could explode with incredible strength. She addressed that person as Elder, apparently, they were here to investigate. The person even dove into the ground in their examinations! But eventually, they ended up where I was and murmured “This tree is very slightly vibrating, maybe it got connected to a very minor energy vein in the earth or just maybe encountered some sort of fate where it may even come to life!

Soon after they left, this elder brought disciples to the tree every occasionally, to preach teachings of the Dao. Sometimes they even brought odd plants to cultivate around my trunk and even treasured soils to help me which made me very happy and also made me grow very strongly.

I always listened and paid attention to everything, even to the times a lone disciple decided to come at night to practice as they moved around chanting scriptures of different teachings.

One day during a very crowded preaching of the Dao, I finally couldn’t help it, I had so many questions as to where they went, other natural Dao’s, and even the very rare mentions of mystical creatures that the Dao spoke of. I wanted to experience it all and knew it wouldn’t happen if I stayed like this, no matter how content I was. I wanted and needed more.

So I said yes, I wanted to be a hum!

At that moment hymns sang out from thin air, random lights flashed about, even the shy spirits came to bear witness to what was happening. My whole self was shrinking into itself, my roots quickly returned too me from rich mineral grounds deep bellow, my leaves let go and fluttered in the air, my branches shrunk into me till I was a wooden humanoid figure.

Soon my skin formed, my organs appeared, and blood was born in my veins, the most wonderful moment was when my heart, yes, my heart first started beating! I was alive, I was a human and I could become a cultivator!

I slowly raised my head and realized I had curly green hair on my head and smiled, not just with my being, but with my face, that also had lovely facial muscles beneath it. I first tried to speak, but felt an ache and realized my lungs had no air. I took a deep breath, breathing in and even smelling the wonderful air and spoke for the first time, awkwardly at first but I said “H-he-heelloo, m-my Naaame iis Shawmaner!”
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Kimarya heard murmurings like “She’s still a mortal and hasn’t cultivated.” Others saying, “She’s a special case, she has no soul, incapable of even understanding cultivation. It’s a miracle she even survived and much more so if she actually obtained an Ancestral Spirit.” With a sad shake to their heads. Some even found her misfortune amusing and were ready to enjoy the show.

 

She ignored them and placed her right hand on the stone that quickly grew warm and started humming until suddenly images started manifesting around her, there was a silhouette of a large humanoid creature with long arms and hair all over.

Everyone was surprised, those that sneered before blanched in shock before regaining their confidence and saying “Sure it’s not something pathetic, guess she wasn’t as dumb and knew she had no potential and chose some bloody Demonic Ape, stupidly cutting off her future wings, they don’t even have a redeeming power. So besides having quick and easy power, it’s the same as closing off your future for quick strength. Bet she won’t even get higher than three stars in aptitude, she may have instincts but doesn’t mean she has any aptitude for cultivation, heh!”

Kimarya ignored this and kept her hand on the stone that grew hotter and soon around her a star formed, then another and they kept appearing till there were a jaw-dropping seven stars glowing around her! The stars even had multiple colors!

At first, there was silence, some of the crowd even started to grow excited till they realized that the elders weren’t smiling and some of the not so smart ones finally understood why, her Ancestral Guardian Spirit was a Demonic Ape, this meant that nearly all chances of future success were nearly zero. Her future growth was severed, as if cultivation didn’t have walls and points of extreme difficulty, added with the calamity of Growth barriers that Demonic Apes had, this could only be the cruelest joke ever.

Some elders sadly shook their heads, how could this happen, such a demonic level of aptitude just for it to be wasted because of an erroneous choice in an Ancestral Spirit Guardian. It could be worked around even if it was a speed based creature, even a flying bug would have been better, even they had higher chances of mutation and atavism than Demonic Apes.

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Chapter 7 – Momma bear

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The Dao is the path in your heart, your set of principles, your hopes, your goals, your emotions and everything that makes up who you are, there are no wrong paths in the advancement of your Dao. This is what makes up the base and foundation of your cultivation, the comprehension of your Dao must grow with your cultivation and comprehension of the natural laws else you risk Qi deviation. A correct balance of these two plus your innate talents determine how fast you can have cultivation breakthroughs.

When finding out someone attainment, better known as cultivation base there are distinct impressions given by one’s aura.

The cultivation levels she was aware of so far are as follows:

Awakened 
Chakra wheel revolutions 
Dao Shrine Birth is known as the Shrine stage
Four elements Nirvanic Rebirth is known as the Nirvana stage
Karmic Compass calibration stage known as Dao seeking
Dao Tribulations
 Also known as an Emperyan knight
Shrine Caster 
Immortal 
Flake God
Falling Star
God Tribulation

 Kimarya thought these stages to be very interesting, especially the part of Immortal and God parts. “So cultivators can live forever?”

**Sunny** No, it seems the main goal in cultivation is attaining longevity and one of the bigger questions of whether the peak brings ultimate power and Immortality as well as why is having a Dao so important. This environment and world can be very dangerous, these cultivators can change the weather, crumble mountains and kill countless people if they wished to.

Kimarya replied excitedly “Can I cultivate? Can I start now, how do I do it?!? “

**Sunny** The generally understood basis for revolves around your comprehension of nature. This is a comprehension of something marvelously intertwined and overlapping at least three things. One is understanding the natural world and its phenomenon, the second being the natural laws within energies and third is your own path. 

These three are essential to being at the peak of any level in your cultivation base, lacking any one of these will result in lower subpar quality in your energy, power, mind and body.

 Kimarya’s eyes were practically shinning with excitement when suddenly her vision blurred and her consciousness slipped away for a second. As her eyesight cleared up she saw that she was floating off the floor and couldn’t move her body, an invisible pressure she couldn’t even think of resisting held her. She couldn’t blink, her body breathed by itself, her eyes blinked by themselves, the power was both completely overwhelming yet gentle in how it allowed her to breathe and blink.

She stood floated there, not even moving a millimeter from that position she floated in beside breathing and blinking.

She heard the voice of a woman “You, what did you do to my precious Draeneoy?” The voice started out in a barely audible whisper till it grew into a low snarl that reverberated through her mind building up into an almost overwhelming vibration that threatened to drive her insane. This was the worst pain she ever felt, it was so awful she was on the brink of insanity, her mind was in a complete and utter panic, in complete desperation that if she weren’t immobilized she may have even ended it all by bitting her own tongue off, it was that awful.

 Kimarya felt so much pain she couldn’t think and just when she felt she would die it all stopped.

“I know you aren’t my little Dre.” Said Grothie. She felt such pain, such nearly overwhelming grief yet fury. She broke the rules on not seeing her child before the final results of the trial that the chosen must overcome, if only she wasn’t the chief of this satellite village she wouldn’t have minded downgrading and becoming a common citizen and not having her child be part of the chosen of this newer generation.

She loved her baby so much, she decided to not give her protection, she hoped this trial would help her wake up, even if it meant her death. Her future would only have been limited if she was protected, even if she wasn’t aware of the protection it would still be a splash in the oceans of karma and ultimately a blemish in her Dao if she truly decides to head down this path.

But, her little one isn’t there anymore. If it wasn’t for the remnant emotions of her little Dre revealing that there was no foul play and that she would hurt the body of her offspring she would have erased this soul that dared occupy her child’s body. With her skills in Augury, she saw that little Dre accepted everything, that little Dre accepted her, that she was even happy. That maybe this person could accomplish her mama’s hopes for her, but she was wrong.

All I ever really wanted for her was her happiness, I admit that like any parent I wanted you to crush all others and gain our family face and prestige. But it was only ever secondary. I’m sorry I called you a dumb little girl, I’m sorry I tried to keep you from looking at the spiderwebs, I knew it made you happy, but I all the same chastised you for it. You never failed me little one, I had my hopes for you, I was even going to forcibly take you and not have you take these trials, I had the power to do it, your father convinced me.

At the last second, you gripped my hand and said: “Mama, I’ll go.” It was one of the few times you ever spoke, my heart shook and beat much stronger than when I was ready to crush tradition. If I knew this would have happened I may have done it. Even your death would have been easier, then you’d be resting within the trees and waters humming that special song you only hummed to the spiderwebs or when I held you, dear child of mine. That would be easier than seeing a stranger in your body, using the child I carried within me for nine long months. I’ve lived thousands of years but those nine months with you felt so much longer.

Grothie felt her tears welling up in her eyes, her breathing almost losing control. I can’t see her body like this, in the eyes of this new person I didn’t see any bad or sense any malice.

She steeled her self and made her choice and said “I know your name, you asked that boy to call you Kimarya instead of the name I gave my child, and you aren’t my child. I won’t kill you, even though I’m feeling such maddening fury. I don’t know what kind of ties I will have with you, but later on, I will.”

Kimarya gently floated down and was dazed for a long time as to what the hell just happened.

Kimarya realized that this voice, this person was Draenoy’s mother, Grothie and that she knew that I wasn’t her daughter. Seems I escaped a calamity for now and resolved the whole dilemma on whether to hide my identity from her parents or how to let them know.

 **Sunny** Kimarya, I have detected some bizarre traces of the phenomena that happened, have not made sense of the results of the scans. Even that hairy creature was shut up and likely couldn’t have done anything to assist.

“Huhuhu, this great sir was asleep and never noticed, else I would have been able to save you if it were to get dangerous,” Half-heartedly responded Sasquatch.

Knock, knock, knock

A loud and stern voice answered after the knocking saying “It is time for the evaluation of the trial, Chosen Draenoy, please follow me.”

Kimarya shook the last traces of her daze away and followed the guard to up a large hill with colossal stones in a formation reminding her of Stonehenge of her previous world except much bigger and more intact.

There were twenty other kids her age or Draenoy’s age standing together while there were five elders on a large rock with a smaller formation of stones with an oddly shaped green stone in the middle.

Everyone around Kimarya was making a large fuss over the person in the middle saying things like “who is he?” and  “why are the elders treating him with such high esteem and respect?” as they noticed how the other elders treated the cloaked man in the middle.

The cloaked figure in the middle who had the appearance of a middle-aged man with green hair poking outside of their cloak and had the largest presence out of all the other elders spoke “Welcome back, Chosen and trial takers of the Honey Badger Earth vein village, I am Shamaner, Nominal Grand Elder. I am here to oversee this ceremony as well as to look for a disciple, hope to be treated well by everyone.”

He continued “Please come one at a time to the Vertuold Augury stone here at the center, place your hand here and it will respond for two things like Ancestral Spirit and latent talent.

It would show a silhouette of your Ancestral Guardian Spirit and stars for your amount of latent talent.

One star means little or no latent talent for cultivation.
Two stars means below average latent talent for cultivation
Three is decent  latent talent for cultivation
Four is average latent talent for cultivation
Five is great  latent talent for cultivation
Six is genius level latent talent for cultivation
Seven is demon level latent talent which only appears once every ten thousand years

There were 54 participants this year, only 10 were chosen and the rest were average villagers who took the test.”

Kimarya looked around but the number of kids around her was still twenty she muttered, “Don’t tell me these are the survivors…?”

Shamaner kept talking “Only 20 have come made it back from our holy zone, seven of them being Chosen. Please start coming forward one at the time although this is only mandatory for the chosen.”

Kimarya saw in Draenoy’s memories that it was a great honor to show your Ancestral Guardian Spirit and latent talent, especially when getting a master/disciple relationship with a high-level Elder.

Kimarya watched people go up one at a time. The first person, a girl, got three stars and a sort of Slug creature with a spiked shell.

The second person had a large snake creature with the head of a wolf and an amazing amount of five stars that drew in some gasps. “It’s a steel wolf-headed snake and they even have five stars!

More and more of them went by till the sixth chosen had a winged three-eyed tiger which drew the most amount of attention till it was shadowed by an amazing 6 stars of a true genius! a few of the elders conversed nodding their heads in excitement and clear approval. Kimarya heard kids around her talking saying “Alastair, he actually has such amazing latent talent in combination with that dreadful three-eyed winged tiger. He will surely be a pillar of the village and clan!”

Kimarya decided to go after him so she wouldn’t bring up that much attention, she walked forward and noticed that everyone had a strange reaction to her, but she just ignored it and walked forward till she was in front of the stone.

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Chapter 6 – Leerum Epsum

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Kimarya laughed while the odd substance around her that made up the giant Sasquatch form swirling around her gently before disappearing.

She turned to the boy that seemed to be coming to reason, she dropped her smile and glaringly asked.

“Who are you and why did you try to share that hyena problem with me?”

The boy still trying to calm down and return his breathing to normal answered “Leerum Epsum.”

“About the Hyena, I couldn’t kill it fast enough so I tried to find a better way to kill it or at least get away till I saw you running and shamefully wanted to use you to help me kill it, especially after all the effort I made in trying to make it into my Ancestral spirit Guardian.”

Kimarya huffed still upset before Leerum continued in a distressed voice “I never would have imagined you had such awful luck to be targeted by a Murder Crow! Not even if I had ten more guts would I dare run to you, even if I knew that you had a Demonic Ape as an Ancestral Spirit Guardian.”

Kimarya heard an indignant snort in her head “How dare he confuse me, this great and magnanimous lord as a pitiful Demonic Ape” grumbled Sasquatch after hearing what Leerum said.

She asked him “What’s a Demonic Ape?”

“It’s a Grade 5 Spirit Beast, its species tend to reproduce fast and are incredibly powerful and annoying due to reaching this level of strength immediately after becoming adults, the only downside is that their potential is abysmal, where the best scenario is only transcending up to a grade 1 creature which is not bad strength, infact its incredible strength, but after reaching a certain level of attainments in cultivation you lose the advantage of its strength and it could even lower your innate potential. Most looking to reach incredible heights of power too quickly tend to pick these as Ancestral Spirit Guardian forms, but lose out in the long ru-.” Leerum lowered his voice and avoided her glance awkwardly after accidentally saying that.

“Ok, I understand.” Responded Kimarya thinking on the response Sasquatch gave, as she was thinking herself lucky and asking in her head, “Sunny, do you have more information on this Spirit Beast grading system?”

**Sunny** Yes I do, the Spirit Beast system is essentially like this:

(First stage)Animal Grade (1,2) —-> (Second stage)Beast Grade (1,2,3,4,5)

The Hyena being a Grade 2 Beast and this Hairy Intruder is a Demonic Ape a Grade 5 Beast.

Kimarya heard a sarcastic tone at the end of Sunny’s assessment before feeling the anger and indignation of Sasquatch before it loudly interjected “You dare call this great sir a Demonic Ape?!? I am an Existence that transcends all of your mortal understanding.”

Sunny coldly interrupted with more information.
(Third stage)Creature Grade (1,2,3,4,5) ——-> (Fourth stage)Broken Existence Grade (1,2,3,4,5)
                                                           -Chaotic Existence
                                                           -Neutral Existence
                                                           -Lawful Existence
(Fifth stage)Mythi-

Leerum looked at the quiet Kimarya who was seemingly in a daze as he was thinking he upset her with his unthinking response before asking, “What’s your name?”

Kimarya ignored the still upset and grumbling Sasquatch and paused Sunny’s prompts as she looked back at Leerum before hesitatingly answering “My name is Draeneoy Stormblood, but please call me Kimarya.”

Leerum was about to continue before he chocked on his next breath and in an unsettled tone quickly asked “That family…So you’re a chosen….wait…You’re that Draeneoy?!? The supreme warrior body and holy daughter of the Stormblood family?!? You can’t be her, she was without a brain, perfect warrior, no soul-”

Leerum again realized he was very rude and also said too much and fell to his knees kowtowing “I’m sorry! I wasn’t thinking, I didn’t want to say that, please administer the desired amount of punishment for my transgression!”

Kimarya felt a headache coming in as she grabbed Leerum as she tried getting to get him to stop kowtowing and to stand but to her great alarm noticed she couldn’t make him budge a single inch. Before finally yelling, “Stop that, I know you didn’t mean it, let’s just get back to the village before another Murder Crow or something comes and really does kill us”

Leerum stiffened after hearing this and got up saying “Thank you Holy daugh-I mean Kimarya.”

Kimarya awkwardly smiled before following Sunny’s instructions to make it back to the village with Leerum in tow, a journey made easier thanks to the increasing light from the rising sun.

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After traveling a day and a half before finally bumping into a village guard letting them know the location of the slain Murder Crow and Hyena as Kimarya and Leerum received medical treatment and were lead to their own personal waiting rooms to wait for the conclusion of the trial.

After waiting a few days, she heard knocking on her only to be surprised by an awkward Leerum at her door with an odd bag in his hands.

“I wanted to give you these for saving me as well as compensation for taking the Murder Crow’s core… I’m sure you know how important it is for stabilizing and completing the Ancestral guardian forms,” he said as he handed her the pouch.

He continued saying “This is a spatial pouch, the only one in my family, inside of it is everything usable of the Murder Crow except the core…desperately needed it to finish my Ancestral Spirit guardian form. But without a Murder Crow as an ancestral spirit guardian the core wouldn’t help you, even if you found another one its benefits would be less.. but please know that its flesh is considered a cultivation treasure, it is a creature that has absorbed and amassed an incredible amount of natural energies so it will greatly help in your cultivation. Its feathers could be used as weapons or even a formidable cloak with great defensive strength.”

Kimarya was shocked and held onto the spatial pouch before replying “I’ll give you the pouch back when I’m done with all of it, I can’t accept it, it’s too special to give it away!”

Leerum shook his head before saying “Thank you for your assistance, Hol-Kimarya!” Then he immediately sprinted away.

Kimarya with an amused smile closed the door, after a few days alone she and Sunny digested and comprehended more and more of Draeneoy’s knowledge and had a more complete understanding of this world and cultivation that is so important to everyone.

They learned that cultivation is the sacred process of power that improves health, increases longevity, the path to power! This is done through the cultivation and comprehension of natural ambient energies known as qi as you advance on your own path in building your Dao.

The Dao is the path in your heart, your set of principles, your hopes, your goals, your emotions and everything that makes up who you are, there are no wrong paths in the advancement of your Dao. This is what makes up the base and foundation of your cultivation, the comprehension of your Dao must grow with your cultivation and comprehension of the natural laws else you risk Qi deviation. A correct balance of these two plus your innate talents determine how fast you can have cultivation breakthroughs.

When finding out someone attainment, better known as cultivation base there are distinct impressions given by one’s aura.

The cultivation levels she was aware of so far are as follows:

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Chapter 5 – Rocks, rocks, rocks

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Kimarya interrupted “That as pretty lame, now I definitely know you’re harmless and not Satan. Where is the Murder Crow and that other kid? Are you really a Sasquatch? Why are you in my head? What did you escape and why with me?” Asked the agitated but no longer scared Kimarya.

It questioningly asked “Lame? I thought it would be cute, anyways. You were really about to get shredded by that nasty bird, but I took you into this separate space outside of the hold of time so for a short while you are safe till I let you back out, safe enough to dare call this great sir lame! Relax as I explain some things to you, before dealing with that interesting bird.”

It continued “I am Sasquatch, there’s only ever been one, me! Why aren’t you more excited or even scared after finding out this noble one’s glorious identity?”

Kimarya responded in a frustrated voice “I’ve literally been chased by a 13 or something foot tall evil bird, I don’t have the ability to be any more scared right now!”

Her eyes suddenly gleamed with passion for a second as she quickly added  “Also, in the stories and myths they have always mentioned a giant and massive zone spanning the US, Canada and even in the east around Tibet of sightings, many reports have even come in at similar times across the world, so unless you can be in multiple places at the same time, there are more Sasquatches!”

Sasquatch responded cheerfully and with an arrogant tone saying “Great point, kid. I’ll explain that part later, but currently, you and I don’t have any more time to talk, but the short explanation is that I used your soul and Sunny’s bizarre existence to escape your world scape with some crude knitting to hide my grand and majestic existence from its pitiful awareness.”

Everything went dark.

Kimarya suddenly heard a popping noise snapping her to attention, she was back in her body, furthermore she saw a massive claw opening up in a grabbing motion only a few feet from her right shoulder. It was from a distance that would be impossible to dodge, a space that could be traversed in only a second.

She was sure that if it connects it will crumble her shoulder like flimsy paper.

But she was strangely calm. When suddenly some gaseous substance started swirling around her incredibly fast, much faster than the claws of the Crow, this substance that formed into a massive humanoid figure with Kimarya hovering in its middle.

It’s long and burly arms masterfully grabbing onto the Murder Crow’s claw before its other arm pulling back, its just formed muscles under its skin tensing up like steel cables full of power before bringing a ferocious fist strike at the Murder Crow.

It was a strike that was too close and too sudden for the alarmed crow to successfully dodge before it was hit dead on its chest before immediately rocketing backwards smashing through two trees before finally stopping.

Kimarya breathed out a sigh of relief believing that fierce strike killed the Crow, but it quickly stood back up in an unstable fashion, an intense anger in its piercing eyes after being wounded in surprise by its prey. It jumped almost 10 feet into the air, its wings spreading before crashing down. One of its wings was bent at an awful angle. Its eyes fiercely glinted as its fury reached a new peak before it hopped forward in an intimidating form crossing almost a distance of three meters in a single bound.

It raised up its one good wing and madly waved it in front of it, till dozens of its fearsome feathers were unleashed, making its previous attacks seem like child’s play. The air was right away filled with an awful rain of whistling noises as the dozens of feathers flew like long and darkly glinting projectiles at Kimarya.

Who in her giant humanoid form picked up the kid behind her and narrowly dodged most of the feather projectiles. Most of them. Kimarya noticed that one penetrated through the area right in front of her face just nearly taking her eye out!

Her giant humanoid form straightened up with fierce domineering airs, the razor-sharp feathers were expulsed from all the areas they punctured. Its long arm reached down to the ground and grasped the very air as if grabbing a rock or an object, the Murder Crow noticed as well as its eyes grew vicious and alert but it saw that there were no rocks or objects underneath the fingers. It’s fierce eyes narrowed as if indignant at this prey making a fool of it as it opened its vicious beak and unleashed its most terrifying call yet, more human voices rose from the background, each more pitiful than the last all forming a web that tried to push her consciousness into a cage of madness.

As the call sounded out all the shadows grew longer, they stretched towards Kimarya. Weird motes of light started appearing for split seconds, she could almost make out an aggrieved face whenever she got a clear look at one of them.

As the dreadful cacophony sounded out, a dreadful flame started to coalesce in front of its opened maw, it pointed it right at her. She started feeling a strong sense of crisis from this flame, as she felt this the hand that was gripping the air pulled back as if ready to throw a large rock. The crow continued to glare, apparently still furious and not falling for the trick that was being played on it.

The giant humanoid body in its full 13 feet tall got into a stance as if to throw something, before suddenly making the pitching pose.
Kimarya couldn’t help feeling embarrassed, darkly muttering to her self “What the hell is Sasquatch doing at a time like” She didn’t finish talking as surprise pushed all thoughts out of her head as the giant humanoid pitched the air, the whole body felt as if a large weight was displaced.

“Wait, did it actually throw something, I didn’t see a rock?”

The air started screaming as a blurry shape was flying at the crow whose eyes opened wide and used its good wing to smack at the object….that amazingly fully appeared at impact as a very large greyish rock!

THUNK!

The Murder Crow’s body shuddered in clear pain at the heavy impact and noise sounded out from the rock hitting its strong muscles on its wings as well as making it step back to regain its balance.

Kimarya in the gigantic humanoid didn’t want to be an observer anymore as she tried to gain control, she found resistance that only after the littlest of a moment let her take control.

“I have an idea, let’s do the rock thing again, but multiple times, how do I do it?”

Sasquatch’s voice answered, “For now you can’t, but I can get around that, just say ‘rock’ and grip down near the ground where I can gather the earth element to make it, then lift it up and throw it.”

“Got it!” Kimarya leaned down grasping at the air before muttering rock, suddenly she felt something like a mass of very dense water slowly swirling around and between her fingers. She gripped it and its still translucent form turned hard and heavier by the second as she raised it over her head; the giant hairy humanoid moving per Kimarya’s will into a throwing motion before letting loose fiercely and the large rock twice the size of her head shot out like an invisible cannonball right at the amalgamation of all the emotions of terror, anger, and anguish condensed into a vicious flame that was almost ready to be shot out. Every second it grew, the stronger the feeling of deadly crisis grew within Kimarya’s heart, this was her target!

She hoped that she could interfere with the crow’s life-threatening attack, but very soon it was made clear that it wouldn’t be easy as the rock volleying at her target was smashed away by the crow’s good wing.

**Sunny** You have to stop its attack before it fires it, else its very unlikely we would be able to dodge or defend from it.

“Knew that wasn’t going to work, let’s try this instead!” yelled Kimarya.

The giant humanoid sasquatch reached down, grasped at the air and pulled back in an extremely domineering fashion before fiercely throwing forward!

The murder Crow was prepared and swung out its wing at the time frame it calculated for it to successfully block this attack just like with the previous projectiles but hit nothing. It’s eyes opening wide before turning into slits as it realized it was deceived.

Its attack started getting completed faster than before, its call more disturbing. The strange boy was rolling around in the midst of a heavy panic attack, unable to even gather enough sense to run away.

Kimarya’s form reached down low once more and grasped air before suddenly throwing again, before immediately bending down to grasp the air and whispering rock. The earth elementals danced and converged into her palm as she pulled back into the pitching pose and just a moment after her fake throw threw the real projectile attack!

The Murder Crow heard the air screaming and knew it was the real deal this time and swung its wing forward, hitting nothing but air! It grew panicked and tried to block its front again, even with its broken wing but was a step too late as the rock smashed against the amalgamation in front of its beak!

The rock exploded against the flaw and the whole construct grew unstable, the Murder Crow stopped its cacophony attack in its attempt to fully focus on stopping it’s out of control fire attack, but Kimarya wouldn’t give it the chance as she took a long step forward, reached down low to the ground and actually picked up an actual rock before  spiritedly yelling “Rock!”.

Maybe it was the urgency in her voice or something but the elemental earth energies rushed towards her hand and in her palm was a rock half the size of her head, the energy coalesced into the rock as it blinked between visible and not before growing dark like a shadow.

All of this happened in barely a moment after her last attack landed, and not even 5 seconds passed before she rose, pulled her arm back, gave an embarrassed smile as she pulled into a pitcher’s pose in honor of Sasquatch and threw this attack with all of her might.

The attack made no noise, the Murder Crow saw all of this and felt grave danger from this attack before giving up on reigning in its attack and in its last-ditch effort prematurely unleashed it. The evil flame flew in an astounding speed while instantly growing twice its size without any hint of stopping its mad growth before Kimarya’s attack punctured right through its middle where it started collapsing within itself right away.

Kimarya’s attack without losing any momentum after puncturing through the Crow’s attack homed in on the crow who unfurled both its broken and healthy wing and used them to block in front of its head and chest before the attack went straight through both wings and even its chest continuing right through its heart!

**Sunny** Success, you did it, Kimarya! That hairy creature too…

Kimarya laughed while the odd substance around her that made up the giant Sasquatch form swirling around her gently before disappearing.

She turned to the boy that seemed to be coming to reason, she dropped her smile and glaringly asked.

“Who are you and why did you try to share that hyena problem with me?”

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